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       On 8th November 2017, in Ha Noi, a workshop on developing circular to guide the pilot family doctors and clinics was organized by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Attending and directing the workshop there were Prof. Dr. Le Ngoc Trong - Chairman of Vietnam Family Physicians Association of Vietnam; Assoc. Prof.Dr. Pham Le Tuan - Deputy Minister of Health; Cao Hung Thai, MSc - Vice Director of Medical Examination and Treatment Department - MOH; leaders and officers of Medical Examination and Treatment Department, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Preventive Medicine, Department of Traditional Medicine, Personnel Department, Department of Planning and Finance, Department of Health Insurance; representatives of Health Departments in Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Thua Thien Hue, Khanh Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Thai Nguyen, Bac Ninh, Phu Tho, Ha Nam ... and directors of some district health centers.

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Assoc.Prof.Dr. Pham Le Tuan - Deputy Minister of Health delivered his speech at the workshop

Family doctors are general doctors who cover the comprehensive and continuous practice and caring for patients and have long and steady relationship with patients. They are close to the people and community. The family doctors know clearly patients in their situation and their family. Then they monitor, manage and examine their health problems in the community.


The development of the family doctor model will improve the quality of delivering health services in a comprehensive and continuous way to screen for diseases and referral appropriately. This helps reduce the overload on the higher levels and bring favorable conditions for the beneficiaries to access to health insurance.

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Pham Le Tuan said that family doctors make up of 80% of the operation of the Vietnam Medical Stations. According to Deputy Minister Pham Le Tuan, from the practical implementation of family doctor model in Vietnam and experience in countries around the world, developing family doctor model will contribute to improve the quality of primary care in the direction of comprehensive and continuous to screen for diseases and referral; to reduce overload of hospitals at higher levels; to improve the efficiency of the system for implementing the target of covering the people's health care. However, it is difficult to implement activities for family doctors in Vietnam. Many questions are asked: What are the types of family doctors? What is the content in the list of services provided by family doctors? What is the mechanism of coordination, referral and communication between family doctors and health institutions? What are the conditions for a family doctor to work effectively? Starting from that requirement, the circular on appropriate and feasible activities for family doctors should be developed. 

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Overview of the workshop

Through this workshop, MOH wishes to receive positive, straightforward, and responsible comments based on the real situation so that the circular to guide the activities for family doctors can be completed and issued in 2017 for the people's needs and expectations of medical institutions.

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